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Saturday, September 24, 2016

Hillary Clinton Vows 65% Estate Tax - The Asset Protection Sector is HOT and Wyoming is on Fire!

"Now, with populist flair, she wants a 50%, 55%, and 65% rate. The 50% rate applies to estates worth over $10 million per person, 55% for estates over $50 million, and 65% for estates exceeding $500 million."

It can force sales of family companies, and sales of family farms and ranches...and more!

The top 1% of households -- defined as bringing in more than $730,000 a year -- would see their tax burden go up by more than $78,000 on average, according to an analysis of Clinton's original tax plan from the Tax Policy Center.

Wyoming Respectfully Disagrees!

The Asset Protection and State Income Tax Sector is HOT and Wyoming is on Fire!

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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Platinum futures trading on the Nymex market in New York jumped 1.6% to $1,058.70 an ounce on Tuesday

Platinum futures trading on the Nymex market in New York jumped 1.6% to $1,058.70 an ounce on Tuesday after top platinum producer Anglo American Platinum announced it's shutting down a smelter responsible for one fifth of its refined platinum output capacity.

Year to date the platinum price is up more than 22%  thanks to predictions of another annual market deficit and the threat of labour action in South Africa which is responsible for 73% of global annual supply.

In its latest quarterly report the World Platinum Investment Council adjusted the supply deficit forecast for 2016 upwards by 16% or 65,000 ounces to 520,000 ounces, from 455,000 ounces previously, mostly on the back of lower than expected recycling growth. 2016 is set to the fifth annual year of market shortages for platinum, used mainly in jewellery and autocatalysts.

Annual supply from South Africa has fallen from a peak of nearly 6 million ounces a decade ago to an expected 4.2 million ounces this year

Total demand for 2016 was expected to increase moderately year on year to 8.25m ounces. Total investment demand is forecast at 350,000 ounces, up 45,000 as bar and coin demand remains strong and after ETF net sales tapered in the first half of the year. Automotive demand is expected to be largely static as is jewellery demand – up 5,000 ounces on 2015 – buoyed by growth in India, the US and Western Europe offsetting declines in China and Japan, according to the WPIC.

Total mining supply was forecast to fall 3% to just under 6m ounces. Annual supply from South Africa has fallen from a peak of nearly 6 million ounces a decade ago to an expected 4.2 million ounces this year.

A significant factor that has been putting a lid on price rises is the amount of above ground stocks of platinum (usually vaulted investor holdings), but the WPIC says these have more than halved over the five years of supply deficits and is expected to have dwindled to 1.87 million ounces this year. The authors of the report note that "positive sentiment has reduced the propensity of holders to sell platinum to meet deficits."

South African mine production figures for July released today showed PGM output fell by 10.8% compared to June and 8.2% year on year as miners close down unprofitable mines and safety stoppages halt operations.

Last week South Africa's top labour union for mineworkers in the industry said no deal was reached after more than a month of talks. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) declared a dispute on wage negotiations with the top three global producers Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin which together account for 60% of global platinum output.

AMCU led a bruising 20-week strike in the first half of 2014 that lit a fire under platinum prices after some 1.3 million ounces of production was lost.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Renouncing US Citizenship: Why & How?

With the advent of FATCA in 2010 and its onerous tax-related requirements, many US citizens living abroad have opted to expatriate and renounce their US citizenship.

According to research performed by international tax lawyer Andrew Mitchell, the growth in expatriation has been astounding since he first started collecting statistics in 2008.

Taking into account data released for the first quarter of 2016, Mitchell writes that “new records were set for the number of expatriates” with close to 3,000 in 2013, 3,415 in 2014 and 4,279 in 2015.

Furthermore, as quoted in a The Washington Post June 1st article, Mitchell’s research shows that “in the first quarter of this year, 1,158 people expatriated — more than 10 times the number in the first quarter of 2008.”

Read entire story at https://taxlinked.net/blog/september-2016/renouncing-us-citizenship-why-how
By Mateo Jarrin Cuvi